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Rhode Island Fishermen's Alliance
    AUGUST 10
Weekly Update

New this week:

Clarification for Longfin Squid Vessel Owners, Operators and Dealers

Yesterday we announced that as of 0001 hours, August 11, 2014, federally permitted dealers may not purchase more than 2,500 lb of longfin squid per trip or per day, until the start of Trimester 3 on September 1, 2014. However, we wanted to clarify that as long as a a federally permitted longfin fishing vessel enters port prior to 0001 hr on August 11, 2014, it can sell more than 2,500 lb of longfin squid to a dealer after 0001 hr onMonday, August 11, 2014.


Deadline for Mid-Atlantic Research Set-Aside Program Extended to September 30

NOAA Fisheries is extending the deadline for the Federal Funding Opportunity announcement number NOAA-NMFS-NEFSC-2015-2004064 for the Mid-Atlantic Research Set-Aside (RSA) program from Monday, August 11, 2014 to Tuesday, September 30, 2014. 


NOAA Fisheries Seeking Comments on Establishment of a Control Date for the Summer Flounder Fishery

At the request of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, this notice announces a control date that may be used to limit the number of participants in the commercial summer flounder fishery.  The control date is intended to help the Council to identify latent effort in the summer flounder fishery.  We are soliciting comments on this action.  The deadline for public comments is September 2, 2014.


SMAST finds major increase in Georges Bank scallop population

UMass Dartmouth marine scientists say they have documented a major increase in the scallop population on Georges Bank. A video-based survey conducted by the School for Marine Science and Technology over nine weeks showed a 32 percent increase in the scallop population since 2012. That's an increase in scallop meat weight from 243 million pounds two years ago to 320 million pounds this summer.


Proposed Data Collection Program for Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fishery

NOAA Fisheries is proposing an information collection program for the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog fishery. The intent would be to collect more detailed information about individuals and businesses that hold fishery quota allocation in the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog individual transferable quota programs. This action is necessary to ensure that the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has the information needed should it develop a future management action to establish an excessive share cap in this fishery.


New Spiny Dogfish Management Measures Implemented

NOAA Fisheries has approved and implemented 2014-2015 spiny dogfish catch limits and other measures through Amendment 3 to the Spiny Dogfish Fishery Management Plan. The 2014-2105 trip limit is 5,000 lbs.


"The Rhode Island Fishermen's Alliance is dedicated to its mission of continuing to help create sustainable fisheries without putting licensed fishermen out of business."

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